Kosovo as a sovereign and independent country is a permanent project

President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani said in her remarks at the Brdo-Brijuni Process that the tenth anniversary of the summit should be used as motivation to increase regional cooperation and remove obstacles on the way.

"We must work hard to embrace and implement EU rule-based models of regional cooperation which promote enhanced trading relations and address shortcomings related to the rule of law and unemployment, and work to intensify cultural, educational and sports exchanges, develop better infrastructure, as well as, look at how we use technology and digitalization to enhance overall welfare," she noted.
 
Osmani said that Kosovo is committed to advancing EU values and regional economic and political cooperation in the spirit of the Brdo-Brijuni Process and that the question the region should be asking is not 'If the European Union?' but rather 'When'.
 
"It must be made clear to everyone questioning the membership of the region that their resistance will only contribute to one thing – and that is it will spur instability and create opportunities for malign actors to exert influence in our region, which in turn could destabilize the whole continent," Osmani said, adding that the European Union has in turn also to deliver on its promises and in the case of Kosovo, grant its citizens' visa liberalization.
 
Osmani further noted that the independence of Kosovo is a permanent project and "there is nothing and no one that can reverse this reality". "Dangerous adventures on border changes should be resolutely rejected by all of us if we truly desire peace and stability in our region."
 
Speaking about trade barriers Kosovo faces from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Osmani said that Kosovo businesses "are systematically penalized and blocked from entering and competing in their markets."
 
Calling for progress in determining the fate of missing persons and regional reconciliation, Osmani said: "Beyond my duty as the President of the people of Kosova, it is a moral and human duty to speak the truth of what took place in our country. To call the crimes committed by the Milosevic regime by their name: War crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. And, more importantly, to ask our Northern neighbor, Serbia, to bring before justice the perpetrators of these horrendous crimes against innocent civilians."
 
She concluded that historical revisionism is not what the region needs right now but instead, "a responsible and courageous leadership requires determined rejection of such vile action."
 
Addressing reports about a spat she had with President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic at the summit, Osmani told the public broadcaster RTK that Vucic had insisted that the change of borders of the Western Balkan countries be left only to the member states that are part of the UN.
 

Osmani said the disagreement happened when she and Sefik Dzaferovic, a member of the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, talked about the crimes that Serbia has committed in Kosovo and Bosnia.

"When we talked about these crimes, there was Vucic's opposition. We spoke clearly about the crimes committed in both Bosnia and Kosovo and this disturbed Vucic."

She further said that opposing crimes should not be Serbia's approach. "I was clear that Serbia will move forward only when it recognizes the state of Kosovo and only when it puts criminals behind bars. Vucic had a different approach, and this is unfortunate."